Archive for the ‘Coronavirus / COVID-19’ Category

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects the Future of Behavioral Health Care

“Out of all human events, it is tragedy alone that brings people out of their own petty desires and into awareness of other humans’ suffering. Tragedy occurs in human lives so that we will learn to reach out and comfort others.” - C. S. Lewis Throughout history, we have learned many of...

Recovery, Hope and Resilience During the Pandemic

As one of the largest providers of outpatient mental health services in New York State, New York Psychotherapy and Counseling (NYPCC) works together with tens of thousands of New Yorkers facing mental health challenges. NYPCC embraces a recovery-oriented, trauma-informed model of community mental...

Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Prevention of COVID-19 Among New York State Behavioral Health Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more than 79 million cases of confirmed infection and over 963,000 deaths in the United States.1 The pandemic has also resulted in increased levels of adverse mental health conditions, substance use and suicidal ideation.2 The reported prevalence of anxiety and...

Adapting the Compeer Volunteer Program During COVID-19

It was mid-March 2020, and I, like so many others, will never forget how concerned I felt as I prepared to leave my office indefinitely to work from home due to the threat of COVID-19-19. It was a time when all of us were worried about our health and our futures, regardless of our circumstances....

Information and Answers for People Who Use Drugs or Have Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

Having a substance use disorder can make you more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. People who use drugs may also have underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and they may have concerns and questions related to their risk....

A Lesson in Resiliency

The Pandemic has and continues to challenge everyone in many similar and different ways. The profound loss of lives and continuing vigilance and preparation/adjustment on part of everyone has tested the limits of many individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Increased stress and...

Lessons of COVID-19: Staff Dedication and Skill Key to Success

The Institute for Community Living (ICL) compass shines brightly on our North Star: “People get better with us.” This simple yet profound message has given us meaning and purpose during unprecedented social upheaval. We know, empirically, that what matters most and keeps people in their job is...

Telehealth: An Unexpected Silver Lining During a Pandemic

Cozy up in your home’s coveted armchair, paired with a blanket, headphones and your smart phone. Click on your telehealth link. Begin your remote outpatient therapy session from the comfort of your own home. But wait … are we referring to individuals served, therapists, or perhaps...

Lessons Learned from Senior Executives of Human Service Agencies Over the Past 20 Months

* Italicized quotes from members of NYIN are included, with a contributor listing provided at the end of this article. Who is in charge? Over the last 20 months, chief executives of human service agencies were faced with unprecedented crisis. The twin epidemics of the tragic consequences of...

Becoming an Adult During the Pandemic: Trauma and Resilience

Studies tracking psychological distress during the pandemic show that young adults are more likely to be struggling emotionally than are older adults. No wonder. Their lives have been disrupted just at a time in life when they are making the transition from the common turmoil of adolescence to the...